It's all about the candy. And the devil-worship. And the costumes. But mainly, the candy. And the horror! Behold!
No, it's not an avant-garde fashion display. It's an illustration taken from the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences article "Transcranial Brain Injuries Caused by Metal Rods or Pipes over the Past 150 Years", by James L. Stone. Would you believe that someone survived the middle accident with no reported ill effects? And the one on the left might have survived, except the ramrod was bent. The one on the right is a model of the classic case study Phineas Gage. Anyway, I figure this is the one day of the year when I can indulge in this stuff without fear of censure or reprisal. And really, who else is going to dig up stuff like this?
In 1994, O’Neil et al. reported a 25-year-old male who suffered a transorbital-transcranial penetrating head injury from an aluminum shaft hunting arrow (O’Neill et al, 1994). The victim and his friend were intoxicated and attempting a ‘William Tell’ maneuver. There was no loss of consciousness and the arrow was in place on admission to the hospital.Fortunately for the poor guy, he "was discharged from the hospital 8 days after surgery with no change in neurologic status."